Texas golfer Bentley Cotton heads to US Girls’s Beginner Championship

Courtesy of Texas Athletics

With the placing inexperienced beneath her toes, senior Bentley Cotton is aware of the right way to keep composed regardless of subsequent week’s hectic schedule. As she exchanges amusing along with her caddy, Cotton takes a deep breath and approaches the ball, understanding that sinking the following putt will safe her spot within the U.S. Girls’s Beginner Championship — the nation’s main golf match for feminine newbie golfers. 

Cotton competed in three tournaments in simply 5 days, showcasing her dedication and talent on the golf course to land a qualifying rating of 73 that despatched her to the championship.

Cotton completed ninth on the Girls’s North and South Beginner in Pinehurst; two days later, she certified for the U.S. Beginner in Arlington earlier than boarding a aircraft to Chicago for the Girls’s Western Beginner.

Just like the U.S. Beginner, regional newbie tournaments have two days of stroke play earlier than the highest gamers advance to match play. Cotton defined that the competitors’s construction helped put together her for the championship. 

“It gave me slightly little bit of a refresh taking part in in these occasions,” Cotton mentioned. “I acquired to expertise each the stroke play a part of it and the match play, which is a big benefit for the Girls’s (Beginner).”

Within the 18-hole apply rounds earlier than every match, Cotton centered on studying the course — notably the placing greens.

“When you arrive on the course, you wish to analyze the greens and get your really feel down for the velocity of the greens,” Cotton mentioned. “Each course is similar with reference to making an attempt to provide your self as many birdie possibilities as you possibly can.” 

In 2019, Cotton completed the U.S. Beginner tied for seventeenth place however has not performed within the U.S. Girls’s Beginner since 2020. 

Since debuting as a Longhorn, Cotton has introduced her stroke common down from 74.95 to 73.29 and accomplished 10 rounds with a par or higher rating throughout her junior season. Returning to the newbie occasion after three years, Cotton seems to show the steering from her Texas coaches into success. 

“It’s unbelievable what I’ve finished in my years at Texas, and my coaches have positively had loads to do with that,” Cotton mentioned. “(Ryan) Murphy, who’s our head coach, actually dove into my wedges and helped me understand what I wanted to do to turn into the following finest golfer on the planet.”

Cotton has performed golf for Texas for the final three years however has practiced in Austin since she was 7 years outdated. Rising up in Austin, Cotton golfed at her neighborhood nation membership, the Balcones Nation Membership, and now primarily performs on the Austin Nation Membership. 

Along with her household and pals close by, Cotton mentioned she invitations her teammates to her household’s home for crew dinners, one thing she hopes to do to have fun her second U.S. Girls’s Beginner look. 

“I really feel like I’m virtually just like the mother,” Cotton mentioned. “Everyone’s part of my household on the crew, so we attempt to welcome them in and make them really feel as in the event that they’re house.”

Cotton will hit the fairways of Bel-Air Nation Membership in Los Angeles on Aug. 7 for the primary day of matchplay as she hopes to additional develop her skilled profession.  

Two former Texas soccer stars take discipline at Ladies’s World Cup

Former Longhorns Chelsea Surpris and Julia Grosso are on soccer’s largest stage as they signify their respective international locations of Haiti and Canada within the FIFA Ladies’s World Cup hosted in Australia and New Zealand.

A midfielder, Grosso was the star of Canada’s Olympic gold medal-winning workforce as she scored the profitable penalty kick to defeat Sweden. She was additionally a standout participant for Texas, making the All-Large 12 workforce in every of her three years on the pitch. Texas soccer head coach Angela Kelly mentioned Grosso’s choice to Canada’s roster was unsurprising.

“She was the star of the Olympics,” Kelly mentioned. “Her profession has simply been on an enormous ascension since she scored that profitable PK. She’s executed great with Juventus and are available into her personal. She’s shortly rising into one of many beginning midfielders and, if not one of many leaders, the playmaking chief within the midfield.”

Surpris has taken a barely totally different profession path however nonetheless discovered her technique to the World Cup. Kelly mentioned Surpris was at all times constant and calm as a center-back for Texas. 

“She grew right into a scholar of the sport and is simply actually passionate,” Kelly mentioned. “I’m actually happy with her for determining methods to nonetheless keep within the sport, discovering locations to play and proceed to get an increasing number of match and develop her sport.”

Canada and Haiti have been intently matched with their opponents of their first group-stage video games. Within the difficult Group B, Canada tied 0-0 towards Nigeria in its first match however eradicated Eire with a 2-1 win in its second match. Grosso began each matches. 

In fourth place in Group D, Haiti fell in its first match with a 1-0 loss to England. Surpris didn’t see the sphere however hopes to debut towards China on July 28. 

Grosso and Surpris’ accomplishments have highlighted their private progress and introduced consideration to the quick progress of Texas soccer. Kelly mentioned having a number of gamers on World Cup rosters exhibits that Texas soccer is a aggressive program and stands among the many better of the perfect. With Texas transferring from the Large 12 to the SEC within the 2024 season, the Longhorns will quickly face among the finest collegiate-level competitors. 

“It exhibits the extent of gamers which are coming by way of (Texas),” Kelly mentioned. “The gamers that now we have coming to the College of Texas are representing the youth nationwide groups of their nation. We have now numerous expertise presently on our roster, and it’s at all times thrilling to see the graduated expertise proceed to have success.”

Grosso and Surpris are only the start of Texas soccer gamers competing in higher-level organizations. A number of present gamers signify their nationwide groups on the youth stage; Lexi Missimo, Mia Justus, Trinity Byars and Jilly Shimkin are ordinary call-ups for the U.S. Youth Nationwide Crew and Charlotte Blumel routinely performs for Germany. 

Canada subsequent faces Australia on Monday, July 31, whereas Haiti will meet Denmark on Tuesday, Aug. 1, after its match towards China.  

Texas Girls’s observe and area athletes make Bowerman Watch Checklist

In collegiate observe and area, there may be not an A-list. 

As an alternative, there’s the B-list, or The Bowerman Watch Checklist, which names the highest 10 female and male athletes throughout all occasions throughout every month of the season.

Texas Girls’s observe and area athletes Ackelia Smith, Rhasidat Adeleke and Julien Alfred labored their approach on to the 2023 Girls’s Pre-NCAA Outside Championships Bowerman’s Watch Checklist, making Texas the seventh program within the Watch Checklist’s historical past to have three or extra ladies on the identical checklist. 

Junior sprinter Adeleke and sophomore jumper Smith debuted on the checklist this 12 months. Adeleke was on the checklist 4 instances on and off this season, whereas Smith made the checklist for the primary time within the Pre-NCAA revision. 

Graduate scholar and sprinter Alfred has made the checklist 11 instances, courting again to 2020. 

Nevertheless, the top purpose is extra than simply making the checklist. The Bowerman is probably the most prestigious collegiate observe and area honor given to the highest man and girl within the sport yearly. 

The Bowerman Advisory Board, composed of NCAA collegiate directors, media personnel and observe and area statisticians, chooses the winner of the Bowerman after an 11-month evaluate course of.

All three Texas ladies achieved a lot this 12 months, from breaking data to contributing to a Texas crew championship win. 

Smith jumped 6.73 meters to interrupt the quantity two all-time indoor report in her first lengthy leap of the season, profitable the Commonwealth Faculty Opener. The Jamaican sophomore jumped even additional on the NCAA Outside Championships at 6.88 meters, profitable gold. 

On the indoor championship, Smith turned the primary Longhorn to complete within the high three in each the lengthy leap and triple leap on the similar championship. She once more positioned within the high three in each occasions on the out of doors championship.

 Adeleke’s 400-meter time of 49.20 seconds gave her a private greatest and a meet report on the NCAA Outside Championships. Moreover, Adeleke turned the eighth Longhorn to win the 400-meter at nationals and the primary Irish victor within the NCAA since 2006. 

Adeleke and Alfred additionally achieved collegiate data on the Texas Relays. The relay crew clocked 42.0 seconds for the 4×100 meter, which Texas has since damaged. Each ladies set the collegiate report for the 4×200 meter at 1:28:05 minutes and the dash medley relay at 3:36:10 minutes. 

Alfred additionally earned many particular person accolades this 12 months, together with the Huge 12 Outside Performer of the Week thrice, USTFCCCA Nationwide Athlete of the Week 4 instances and USTFCCCA Nationwide Girls’s Indoor Monitor Athlete of the Yr. 

Final 12 months, Alfred turned a Bowerman Semifinalist and was certainly one of 4 ladies to look on all eight of the Bowerman Watch Lists this 12 months. 

After the three ladies’s performances on the NCAA Outside Championship, they every have an excellent probability of reaching the Bowerman semifinalist spherical, if not additional. 

Texas ladies’s monitor and area end out season with fifth championship title

Texas monitor and area completed off its season on a constructive observe by incomes a ladies’s championship win and a males’s thirteenth place rating within the NCAA Outside Championships, with the Forty Acres internet hosting the occasion from June 7–10.

For the fifth time in class historical past, the ladies’s crew was named NCAA champions, scoring 83 factors, a brand new college report.

Graduate pupil Julien Alfred helped Texas safe the victory with 22.5 factors scored. She positioned first general within the 100 meter, ending in 10.72 seconds, the 200 meter with a 21.73 and assisted Texas with taking one other win within the 4×100 meter relay, operating the primary leg.

The 4×100 meter relay was completed in 41.60 seconds by Alfred, alongside graduate pupil Ezinne Abba, junior Rhasidat Adeleke and junior Kevona Davis. This group had already damaged the collegiate report for the occasion thrice this season, with the quickest being 41.55 earlier this season.
“We all know one another very well. We’re pals on and off the monitor,” Adeleke stated. “Now we have a very good bond, now we have actually good crew chemistry, so it’s extra than simply operating for our college, we’re operating for one another, we’re operating for one another’s households. We’re simply actually shut, and it makes it that rather more particular.”
Davis and graduate pupil Lanae-Tava Thomas confirmed out within the 200 meter, scoring third and fifth respectively. Though Texas noticed success from its star relay crew, many particular person efforts got here collectively with the intention to divide and conquer.

Adeleke gave Texas the higher hand along with her first place win within the 400 meter, performed in 49.2 seconds. Sophomore Ackelia Smith completed first in ladies’s lengthy soar with 6.88 meters and second in excessive soar scoring 14.5 meters. Junior Kristine Blazevica completed third general within the ladies’s heptathlon with 6,058 factors for all of the occasions. Graduate pupil Valery Tobias additionally helped Texas with a sixth place win within the 800 meter.

Whereas the boys’s crew didn’t see a championship title, it was no crew to be missed. Senior Leo Neugebauer set three private bests on the primary day of the meet, getting first general within the 100 meter in 10.61 seconds, then getting third within the lengthy soar with 7.68 meters and second in shot put with a 16.27 meter throw. He completed his first day with 4,591 factors, a private finest for the athlete. He additionally positioned first in discus, third in javelin, second in pole vault, third within the 400 meter and second within the 110 meter hurdles.

Neugebauer was named 2022 NCAA decathlon champion, setting the Texas report with a rating of 8,836 factors and breaking seven private bests out of 10 occasions.

“It feels wonderful,” Neugebauer stated. “The truth that I used to be capable of come out on high and with a report, particularly right here in Austin, I’m very happy.”

The six-time All-American ended the primary day with a 21-point lead, and entered his second day of competitors with a season-best time of 14.10 within the 100 meter hurdles. Neugebauer’s win gave Texas its first factors of the competitors, including 10 factors to the board.

Junior Yusuf Bizimana additionally turned nationwide runner up for the 800 meter, ending with a time of 1:45.74, a private finest. Bizimana now holds two of Texas’ high 5 instances within the college’s historical past.
Senior Crayton Carrozza, freshman Jeremiah Nubbe and sophomore Sam Hurley all reached second crew All-American for his or her occasions, with Nubbe securing a private finest within the discus with a heave of 57.84 meters.
The ladies’s crew sits at No. 1 within the Huge 12 standings, holding tight to their place after buying their eleventh NCAA crew title.

Ladies’s basketball signee Madison Booker reveals skills as McDonald’s All-American

Whereas the Texas ladies’s basketball signee has not but made her option to the Forty Acres, Madison Booker has proved herself as a drive to be reckoned with in opposition to different incoming freshmen. The No. 12-ranked recruit, in response to ESPN, joined the lengthy listing of Longhorns to play within the McDonald’s All-American recreation and has already acquired varied awards. 

Booker, a 6-foot-1-inch ahead from Ridgeland, Mississippi, has racked up a formidable listing of honors all through her highschool profession. In her senior season, the five-star recruit was named the Mississippi Gatorade Participant of the 12 months and McDonald’s All-American. She was chosen to play within the Nike Hoops Summit and obtained the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star recreation MVP. 

In accordance with Booker, the McDonald’s All-American recreation, one of the vital prestigious honors for highschool basketball gamers, was a dream come true. 

“To play in (the McDonald’s All-American Sport) was a blessing,” Booker stated. “To calculate my profession and to play video games with different individuals who have labored so exhausting to get to the identical place I’m attempting to get to, it simply felt like I belonged.”

Booker’s play confirmed that she belongs with the most effective of the most effective, serving to the West crew to a 110-102 victory over the East. Within the inaugural Nike Hoops Summit, she dropped eight factors, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out 5 assists and snatched three steals for Group USA. 

As the highest recruit from Mississippi, Booker appropriately received MVP of the Mississippi vs. Alabama Excessive Faculty All-Stars recreation and has received two gold medals with Group USA. Out of all of those achievements, Booker stated those she is going to carry together with her are the relationships she shaped. 

“I’ve met my individuals,” Booker stated. “It felt wonderful realizing that the opposite individuals additionally know what it took to get there, and I’m going to maintain these relationships with me after I get to varsity.” 

From early on within the recruiting course of, Booker knew she wished to play for Texas head coach Vic Schaefer. When he was at Mississippi State, Schaefer noticed Booker’s potential and began recruiting her from a younger age. 

“Coach Schaefer began recruiting me after I was in eighth grade,” Booker stated. “That lifelong bond carried over when he received to Texas and I knew that this might be the place for me.”

When Booker arrives in Austin within the fall, she is going to be a part of an already-established Texas roster. Whereas her position on the crew is unclear for now, with 4 starters returning and several other different gamers getting back from accidents, she is happy to search out her place.

“I’m hoping to be taught some new issues about my recreation and increase on them,” Booker stated. “Subsequent season is the time for me to return in and see what I have to do for this system.”

Booker stated she is wanting ahead to with the ability to name Austin house and observe her goals at UT this upcoming 2023-24 season.